Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 8/20/13
After a six-year run in Major League Baseball, it appears as though Daisuke Matsuzaka’s career has reached its conclusion. The Japanese right-hander was released by the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday, per his request, perhaps signaling his retirement. Signed by Boston in 2007, “Dice-K” never quite lived up to the $103 million that the Red Sox invested in him. Before the disappointment of his MLB career, fans across the country were fascinated by Matsuzaka upon his arrival in the United States. They packed the stands whenever and wherever he pitched, hoping to see his unique “gyroball” pitch that brought him so much success with the Seibu Lions. His services didn’t come cheap, as the Red Sox had to pay a $51 million fee for his bidding rights before signing him to a $52 million contract over six years. In his first year in the majors, Daisuke struggled while posting a 4.40 ERA, but he settled down to go 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA the following year. That year, 2008, would prove to be his fin...
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